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Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
and to the citizen of the nation me loved. >> allen has more on nelson mandela's life. >> he was a prisoner and a president. a violent revolutionary and a moderate reformer. he was the face of change in turbulent south africa. his smile and his strength, power weapons in the fight for racial many people don't see it, against the government that applied. was on these savage attacks. leave south africa away from decades of racial separation and minority, white rule, was born in manage fella grew up in a rural roadless area near born to tribal royalty, he was adopted and raised by a chiefton after his father's death when he was just nine. he was the first in his y to attend school, where a missionary teacher gave him the first name nelson. his political activism began in college. join as boycott to school. he moved to johann studies law, and joins the african national congress, a political party and resistence moving fighting the segregation that was so deeply divisive. that passed laws taking segregation to an extreme. >> celebrated 3 million people to black homelands. denying their
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
of nelson mandela. >>> nelson mandela, dead at the age of 95. >> doreen gentzler is covering this story for us. doreen? >> jim and pat, we are learning this news in the last 15 minutes or so. this story is still developing, the reaction to it and everything. of course, there is quite a few people in washington, long time friends and supporters of nelson mandela's. as we told you, the current south african president announced mandela died at the age of 95. we have a look at the life and legacy of the leader. >> reporter: nelson mandela was the face of reconciliation and a new beginning for south africa. brian is the human rights attorney in south africa part of the movement prior to his release from prison in 1991. reflected on the role he played once he was released. it was a time celebrated around the world. inside south africa, it was a precarious time. >> immediate contribution was to reach out and speak about reconciliation. >> i cherish the idea of south africa where all south africans are equal. >> far right wing politicians are prodding them. mandela convinced the supporter
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 3:30pm PST
furse from johannesburg, where people have gathered outside the home of nelson mandela to pay their respects. >>> donna brazil is here, john king is here and era him rasool is here. john, you were there in almost 20 years ago when nelson mandela was inaugurated. tell us what it was like. >> it remains the most powerful moment i have ever seen. before then, the vice president al gore mentioned the delegation. fidel castro was walking out of the hall, ga davi, many of the african leaders, some quite controversial to the leadership of the united states, were walking out, and then president-elect mandela, just moments he was having brief meetings. after he met with the vice president, there were a few reporters, and he shuffled over and very quietly and shook our hands and asked how we were doing. on this days when, that's who he was, this quiet dignity and grace. i want to show this. the vips were given this. and some of us hung around. >> you were working for the associated press. >> at the time. this is the new stamp they issued that day, commemorating the new president, but there wa
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
>> nelson mandela as died today. it has just been announced. nelson mandela, who spent 27 years in prison. he was the first black elected president of stojakovic in 1994. let's learn more about his life. >> a freeman taking his first steps into a new south africa. >> from prisoner to president. nelson mandela's 1990 release from jail signaled the end of south africa's racist policy of apartheid. he would go on to become the untry's first true democratically elected leader. >> i, nelson mandela do here swear to be faithful to the republic of south africa. >> born to a chief of a small village, mandela was one of 13 children and the first member of his family to attend school. in the 1930's he began opposing authority and the authorities that made colored south africans second-class citizens. as white south africa became more aggressive, so did he. as the head of the armed wing of the african national congress, mandela led violent sabbatini town hall attacks and was arrested and tried in 1962. he would spend 27 years in jail, but he was never forgotten. eventually international and i
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
respects to nelson mandela at the age of 95, who has just passed away. we heard the announcement from jacob zuma, the president of south africa. we want to welcome our viewers who may just be tuning in here in the united states and around the world. we'll have special breaking news coverage of the death of nelson mandela here in "the situation room." we're watching what's going on, christiane and robyn kurnow is in johannesburg watching what's going on as well. we will only now begin, christiane, to get reaction. i'm sure that leaders around the world will want to speak out and pay their special respects to this world leader, from the president of the united states, the leaders in europe, africa, all over the world. it's only just beginning now. >> reporter: that's right. indeed, president zuma paid tribute to how much nelson mandela had been embraced by the world, that he was also the global representation of this relentless and unyielding struggle for freedom and justice, and he never gave up. i remember, you know, watching him being released from prison from very far away, from her
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm PST
nelson mandela at the age of 95. our coverage continues with the ed show. >> good evening, americans and welcome to the ed show tonight. we start with tragic breaking news. former south african president nelson mandela died at the age of 95. mandela, a remarkable life dedicated his to fighting for civil rights in south africa. mandela lived long enough to see a multiracial democratic south africa. he called it the rainbow nation. the grief over his death crossed racial lines ha he devoted his to erasing. a young man at the age of 25, he joined the african national congress in 1956. mandela was arrested with 155 other political activists and was changed with high treason. the treason trial lasted 4 1/2 years. the charges against him were ultimately dropped. mandela used a false identity to evade the government and traveled to europe and other countries in africa to built support for the anc and study guerilla warfare. when he returned to south africa in 1962, mandela was arrested and sentenced to years in prison. during his sentence, the government charmed mandela and other anc leader
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
>> i have spoken about freedom in my lifetime. your struggle. your commitment. and your discipline. has released me to stand before you today. but freedom wasn't easy. to reform the government, has to play peace keeper, trying to temper escalating violence between his party, and supporters of the freedom party. who wanted no part of negotiation with the government that has helps them down. thousands were killed in black on black fighting. also a powerful political force himself was crumbling. the woman who supported him so publicly during the long years of incarceration was accused of having affairs, of being linked to some of the murders. and the party that he led is an embarrassment to itself at the moment. awe owe his passing comes at the time of great concern to the country. >> whatever the concerns about where the country is now? i know that corruption continues, to be a real issue for the country. unemployment, and poverty continue to be real issues for the country, this many years now, with the anc, at the head of the political weather. >> you know, it is a combination of things. i think worldwide jobs, and labor, have -- it's a very difficult period worldwide for those but in south africa it is a place of great deal idealism, that's been cheated of it's democratic birthright in many ways. by corruption, by nepotism, and by lack of concern for those small people that have been called that nelson la used to understand were the bedrock of what makes a nation. >> well, and it is good to talk to you, greg. at this moment in time, i thank you for your insights and your thoughts on the passing of nelson mandela, and these are pictures from johan news burg outside the house. nelson mandela, the u.n. secretary general, was he making a statement of the passing, just let me know. let me bring in my colleague morgan ratford. lived and talks -- i did not know this, in south africa. morgan, what are your thoughts in. >> there was in 2010, i was there as a full right and i taught at the university in turban. i was also living in johan news burg during the time of the world cup. offs friend of the mandela family, and as greg mentioned this is a very interesting time for this to be happening in south africa. as greg mentioned the anc is going through a very tumultuous period. and mandela was their symbol of hope. >> a lot to ask you, but i believe the secretary of united nations is talking about the passing of nelson mandela. >> aspirations of the united nations. he shows what is possible for our world, and we didn't within each one of us, if we believe, a three man work together for justice and humanity. he is more decisive, in dismantling the system of apartheid. he marched from detention without rancor. i was privileged to meet nelson mandela in february 2009. he insisted the credit belonged to others. i will never forget his selflessness, and deep sense of shared purpose. on behalf of the united nations, i extend my deepest condolences to his family, the people of south africa, and indeed our global family. let us continue each day to be inspired by nelson mandela's life long example, to keep walking or a better and just world. thank you. the u.n. secretary general offering his thoughts on the passing of the former south african president. morgan, you were just talking about your time in south africa, and this time when the anc is under pressure from all sides. >> for example, we had this national hiccup around julius who is the youth afc leader, and brought up some old songs that were of a time when there was a great tension between black south africans and the so called -- who live in the country, and right now at the time when south africa is trying to come together as we saw them try to come together, when the entire world is watching south africa. is there a moment here, there are certainly issues and concerns. but is this a moment here waythe passing of nelson mandela for those issues and concerns to be put to the side i am wondering what your thoughts are on this moment, this period of mourning for this country. kind of south africa will we see over the next few weeks. what might emerge? >> south africa is a country of triumph. triumph of out tragedy. if anything we will see a very resilient. >> that's my experience tells me. and i think that south africa has been a nation -- look at what it has been able to do. in just a few short years, they are experiencing much of what america experienced in the 1960's, and you are seeing their leaders come together. they are learning how to overcome. >> you are experience the release in 1993. >> right, because mandela was their first democratically elected black leader of this country. and it was a very big deal, he is from a smaller tribe, compared to the zula tribe, which is the tribe that the current president belongs to. so it is a momentous occasion, a chance for them to really show they colors. >> james joseph is with us now. the former u.s. ambassador to south africa. good to talk to you, let me take a moment -- appreciate it, thank you so much. >> good to have you with us on al jazeera america. ws of the passing ofhare with the former president. >> well, all of us are saddened, but he had such a successful life, that we have to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death. what are your memories of the man? maybe personal recollections. >> i first met him shortly after he got out of prison, and i remember him as a very personable man, who commanded a presence with a kind of royalty and an elegance even about his humanity. >> i know the basic question is yes, was you can provide some context for us, did you have a sense of the mission, the task, ahead of him, and how difficult and challenging it would be. >> he understood that very well, but because of the values that led him to where he was, he was able to take on this task with the second time with calmness, and integrity. what are your thoughts about the challenge ahead for the country. my lasting impression is reconciliation, and the feeling that if he can forgive, then who am i not to forgive. and also the feeling of the potential of the human spirit, that here was this man who lad been incarcerated for 27 years and he could come out prison talking about forgiveness, and reconciliation. i'm very optimistic about the future, south africa is well established democracy, and i think they will have difficulties ahead. but they would be difficulties if he was still president. >> the former u.s. ambassador -- james joseph on the line with us, appreciate it, thank you for your time. >> you are welcome. s. >> very strong ties. my great grandfather and gandhi were together. and they went to south africa. my great grandfather was asked to give -- when he first started his school, my demand father was his youngest student, and they were trained from that age, from the age of eight, my grandfather was trained in passive resistence. that you go, break these unjust laws, and go to jail. and you remember, if you saw the movie gandhi, and you know from the history, these people would go and break the law. and they would go inside and get arrested and go to jail. and nelson mandela carried that movement and into the black independent movement. they weren't distinct at the time, these were all about freedom. if you weren't white you weren't getting freedoms. and in the end my family had to leave because they had been involved in the antiapartheid. >> what years in. >> my family left in 1961, their business was destroyed, bulldozed by the government, because they had been involved in the financing of apartheid.nd they left butt back, we went back in the 90's, and they are south african citizens and have watched this country build. and the ambassador was right, this country was going to have problems any way. all of the money, all of the education, all of the business opportunity went to a very very small minority, and if you want to equal that out, it is going to cost, and it is going to hurt. all of those school children that left to protest, and then you saw the massacre. they shot children in the back. those children gave up their education, and it works. it was that global pressure to end apartheid, that led to it. and those very children wanted jobs in the new south africa. and they couldn't get them, because in the end, it was now -- it is now about education. so that's the problem that south africa had. they had brought them to the promise land. that's what with the country still sufficient errs from. >> 76. >> right. >> and remember at the time, the world was getting onboard with the let's do something about south africa, but the problems with ever this the wrights and great britain. ronald ragan and margaret thatcher were really the most resistence to imposing sanctions. we're saying to the president at the time, we have to do something. >> and they wouldn't. >> yes. >> and they wouldn't. >> and yet -- >> and vetoed by it. >> when mandela came out of prison, one of the it was a very very long line. and payment were wondering what that conversation must have been, and he said please give my warmest regards to madame thatcher i home to meet here one day. this man had such composure. >> you are staying here with me. let's get to white house, we are anticipating a statement any moment now. mike, let's have you to the ebbing tend that he with have the time. walk us to the president's comments. well, i think we can expect barack obama to say what he is going to say in the past, that is that nelson mandela is a personal inspiration to him. at occidental, he wasn't political active but became so. the president had sited to heros in his life, one of them is gandhi, and the other is nelson mandela. them soon mandela closed a statement saying i have fought against white domination. and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the eye deal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony, and with equal opportunities. it is an adiel i wish to live for and achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal for hi'm prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that idea, and he made it real. achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most courageous, influential, and good human beings that any of us will spend time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us, he belongs to the ages. through his fierce dignity, and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, his journey from a prison to a president, embodies human beings and countries can change for the better. with in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace, and good howmore, and an ability to acknowledge his own perfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. as he once said, i'm not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was to protest against apartheid. i studied his words and writings. the day he was released from prison, gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not their fears. ky not fully imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. and so long as i live,ly do what i can do learn from him. to his family we extend our deepest sympathy, and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. his lives work meant long days away from those that loved him most, and i hope that the time spent with him brought peace and kurt to his family. to the people in south africa. and resilience that you made reel. free south africa at peace with itself. that's an example to the world. and that a the do deepest legacy so the nation that he loved. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. so it falls to us as best we can for the example he set, to make decisions guided not by hate but by love, never discount the difference that one person can make. to stride for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now, let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands. and bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice. may god bless his memory, and keep him in peace. >> remarked on the passing of nelson mandela from the president of the united states. for those of us just joining us, we received word on the passing of the former president of south africa, nelson mandela at the age of 85. he had been ill for some time. he was in and out of the hospital most of the summer, suffering through lung problems so he wantedded with pneumonia. we received word from the family that mande
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 5:30pm EST
that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands. and bent the arc of the moral universes towards justice. may god bless his memory, and keep him in peace. >> remarked on the passing of nelson mandela from the president of the united states. for those of us just joining us, we received word on the passing of the former president of south africa, nelson mandela at the age of 85. he had been ill for some time. he was in and out of the hospital most of the summer, suffering through lung problems so he wantedded with pneumonia. we received word from the family that mandela was still fighting that he was struggling. let's get to mike now. the president has often called nelson mandela a personal hero. he visited the nation in june. >> right. >> a personal hero, and an inspiration, and you heard the president recount this often told story. as a college student, he got involved in the antiapartheid movement. at that time, his first exposure, inspired to politics by nelson mandela, and the president said something else that he said before. and i think it really strike as
ABC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
. this is very much a global headline with nelson mandela. mano question, this is a who has jacob zuma, the president of south africa, said the founder of the democratic republic of south africa. it was nelson mandela who created that democracy. that is the miracle that astonished the world and made him such a world figure. he was well known while he was in prison, but when he came out of prison, there was a great question about what would happen. would there be a terrible bloodbath, with they get through the passage to democracy with apartheid? it was because of nelson mandela and his character that they did. the world recognized a peacemaker, and he developed a moral stature in the world that helped him bring south africa into the world community, help them reintegrate into the world terrible it aow role in various hot spots the world. he was very close to president bill clinton. frankly, he could not stand the policies of president george w. bush, which he saw as imperialistic. that was a bit of a public- relations problem for the bush white house. the election of barack obama, the
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
, he belongs to the ages. >> what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek. >> good evening from washington. in its own way is in a state of mourning tonight. nelson mandela was historic figure, inspiration and role model for africans, south africans, but americans as well in our own troubles racial history and struggle to overcome that mirrored to americans in the life and the struggle and the suffering and then the triumph and the leadership of nelson mandela whose passing at 95 was noted by his successor, south african president, jacob zuma. >> yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. >> reporter: one of those who says he was especially inspired is american president, barack obama, who shared his reaction a few moments ago to the passing of south africa's first black president. >> i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from prison, gave me a sense of what human beings can do when guided by hopes and
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
our continuing coverage on the passing of nelson mandela. reverend? >> thank you, ed. and tonight, grief in south africa and america and around the world. for nelson mandela. one of the towering figures of this century and the last one. an inspiration for billions of people across the globe has passed away at the age of 95. tributes are pouring in from across the globe for this freedom fighter. this man of peace who helped free south africa from apartheid and inspired citizens of all nations. president obama spoke just moments ago. >> he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he's gone home. we've lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. for now let us pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived. a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him in peace. >> mandela spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, b
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 6:30pm EST
: late today we learned of the death of nelson mandela, the man who lead south africa from apartheid to a multiracial democracy. >> he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> pelley: from johannesburg. an american is gunned down in benghazi, libya. was it terrorism, bob orr is covering. snow, ice and bitter cold stretch across half the nation. manual bojorquez on what it is hitting and where it is going. and the special bond between two presidents. we'll talk to bill clinton about his friend nelson mandela. >> we could have had the politics of resentment. he chose the politics of inclusion. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. he changed the world. you can't say that about many people. but you can say that about nelson mandela. the man who lead south africa's peaceful transition out of apartheid and became the country's first black president. he died today at the age of 95. mandela had been battling a lung infection for many months. right after its official announcement tonight mourners began gathering at m
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
your testimony will make a difference. thank you very much. i would like to thank mr. lawyer and our colleagues for being here. do now ise going to turn to questions. in order to accommodate all the members here, we will try to take three questions at a time and members will be called on in order of appearance. i'm going to ask my colleagues to make i will ask my colleagues to make the questions very short and very poignant and we will get the answers that we want, because we anticipate there will be sure to want to get. with that, i will ask for questions from congresswoman ,elazquez, congresswoman lee and congressman johnson. did congresswoman lee leave? >> she left. >> ok, go ahead. congresswoman velazquez, johnson, and mr. hoyer. morning, everyone. here participating in congressional hearings, and this is the toughest one. lady.m a tough i wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone of you for your grace and your dignity. pray --pe -- father, i that those americans that have been ignored by the other side that are paying close attention to what is happening here in -- lisa, i would like to ask you a question. the last seven months have clearly been very tough on you. but you persevered and now you are on a brighter path. todaywould you have been unemployment for compensation emergency benefits? had the extrat unless you have experienced how the job market is today and the incredible -- you mayesearch spend three hours preparing for an interview. you have no idea what it is like to go through the world of the internet job boards. would -- i was facing a of taking -- actually, i enrolled. i have a bachelors degree and i had enrolled in my local community college with all the young millennial's to go back to school to get an associates degree, to go to night school and work during the day on a minimum wage job or a little bit more. and then my plan was to have to and havemy retirement 30% of that tax, and then taxed again. and just pray that my tenacity would get me there. ,he a and -- the anxiety level i cannot even explain to you the insomnia, the tears, the mood swings, the ups, the downs. it ranks with me as one of the five most tragic things to have ever happened in my life. does to you emotionally and psychologically, you feel like hester prynne with you areer a when jobless for very long. you soon become a member of the lost world. people look at you when you do not have a job yet like there is something wrong with you. that is where i have been. >> thank you. [indiscernible] you, madam chair. i have no questions, but i would like to let you all know that it is for a timeframe about three months i was unemployed. this was back many years ago. school -- it was summer break. i mean, i'm used to working. but i could not find a job that summer. the whole summer. i'm sure that your feelings about being unemployed and searching for work and being unable to find anything, you know, the effect that has on you very -- youjust would not know it unless you went through it, and i think that is the problem with a lot of our colleagues here in congress. many were born with a silver spoon. they've never had to in counter times when it is hard to make ends meet. encounternter -- times when it is hard to make ends meet. we will do anything -- everything with the caucus leadership to remedy the situation for you. and last, but not least, our dear pope has brought it on home. at such a wonderful time of the sharing. we are we are thankful for all that we have been given, and we are trying to give back and share a little bit of the good tidings with our neighbors and friends. that is the spirit that we should have. i just want to applaud the pope for taking that direction. thank you all for being brave enough to come here today. thank you. >> congressman. >> thank you all. i represent the puerto rican congress. ritter we go, by the way, is an american territory. , by the way, is an american territory. its unemployment rate is 17%. it is the highest, pretty much, in america. , 80,200ame time american citizens there will continue not getting unemployment benefits if this program is not extended. and your accounts have moved me quite a bit. i know anybody with any kind of sensitivity would be moved by your accounts. i'm sure that most, if not all of those 80,000 constituents that i represent would have similar accounts. dress my question to father snyder. colleagues of ours here in congress believe that government has no responsibility, the federal government has no responsibility. poverty, hunger, homelessness, and unemployment in america. they believe that charities should take care of it all. what is your response? >> i think charity has a role to play, without a doubt. the charity cannot do it alone. thisosition has been in country that charity partners with the government and we work together. because we both have that as a common goal. it is for the common good, especially the most vulnerable. as far as saying the government has no role, i'm not sure what that faith tradition might be, who areink those of us thestian, jewish, and even muslim tradition, there's is that clear response ability to your neighbor come a especially your neighbor in need. neighbor, especially your neighbor in need. i would ask them to go back and look at their roots, because the very things we are talking about today, they will hear an answer. >> we will hear from congressman -- congresswoman joyce beatty from ohio. then the congressman from nevada and then california. >> thank you. let me join my colleagues in thanking you for humming in and giving-- coming in and your testimony. let me say, it is courageous to me. this is very difficult as i sit here and i think of how you represent the many faiths in my district, of people who are writing me and calling me with very similar stories. becausey, we are here we are concerned. we are your advocates. -- toed to be able to see personally say that. he said, your story, like the others, is very compelling. -- lisa, your story like the others, is very compelling. and you mentioned ohio. i am in the heart of ohio. upwill be brief in a follow- to my colleagues question, but not as it relates to the church or the faith-based. myoften, many people in district will say, go to the church and they will take care of it. and that doesn't happen. and you need alone in my district, the churches cannot sustain you in a home or sustain you with medical or groceries. if there was one thing you could what" us -- i am a "so person and a resolver. we have heard you. what is the one extra thing you would like me to do, whether in , oristrict or legislatively here in my committee? what is the one thing? >> for me, and i have been asking myself what congress is doing it how they are for me as an individual and as a community. i know you are not my representative. that you do represent me in other ways. you do represent me in other ways. i think it is to find a way to resolve these issues that are facing our nation. help the people that are under .ing -- that are under your we do. my husband and i were talking about that if we just did the lease amount for the american people as a nation of all that , that is ones far of the reasons why i rarely listen to the news anymore. it is depressing. there is just no talking. even i have to talk with my family or my friends to negotiate, and with my husband to negotiate issues and negotiate what we are going to pay or what we are going to eat all stop -- to eat. sometimes we make concessions. sometimes one makes a confession, sometimes the other, but usually we both make a oncession as to what we are going to do. and i don't understand why congress cannot. we are all here because we are responsible to our nation. , what can iyself contribute back to my community as a scam recessional? what can -- a stem professional? as a gardener, what can i do? whatdaughter of a veteran, can i do for the veterans and our community? and soon i may be homeless. every time i see a homeless person, i'm giving them what little change i have in my purse , my hand, or my pocket. i'm starting to make an effort to keep coins in my pocket so i can give something to someone. because whatever we can give to the least of us we do for ourselves. and i don't know if that is really what you're asking. >> [inaudible] thank you. if somehow this congress and future congressperson's can come together and work for us as people, as a nation. >> enqueue. -- thank you. you for holding this very important hearing. this is the reason i came to congress, to hear and listen and to represent constituents and people in america like you, who expect this congress to address the important issues of our time. nothing can be more important than employment and job creation and growing our economy. you have put a perspective that i have been waiting to hear now -- 11 months as a new member you provided me with hope that i came to congress to do the right thing. i am from nevada. my state has the highest unemployment in the country at 9.3%. and with the state with fewer than 3 million people, we have who will00 individuals lose their emergency unemployment benefits on december 28. unless we do something about that. if the republican leadership continues to sit idly by, then by next june, that number will double to 40,000. it is real. i want to thank each of you, because as my colleagues have said already, we are listening and we hear you and we know that you represent so many other people. to the other witnesses, thank you. , i want to ask you a specific question, because one sector that has been hardest hit in my state is the construction sector. and i have workers and unions, trades thatd other have been unemployed for more than a year. and there really are no jobs in that sector coming back anytime soon in my community because of sustained recession. the construction industry was our number two sector behind gaming. it has been hardest hit. it is good to hear a union perspective. i want to ask you as a building thees worker, what about quality of the job you're looking for? you come from a sector with livable wages, good benefits, pension, apprenticeship to come back and retrain. you if the job that they are trying to put you in doesn't really provide sustainable wages for you and your family? >> as you sit out of work, you start questioning your ability to do a job. drops -- worht drops and your self-confidence drops and it takes quite a bit to get it back up. it's hard to be unemployed. as a craftsman. i build. i enjoy building. i like to look back on what i built, and i did that. that is my pride. when i don't have a job, you feel worthless. it is a feeling i don't like. been in the trade 43 years. i have worked everything from mills, carsteel plants and i've always done it according to my pride and that's what i try to give. unemployment is unfulfilling. it doesn't make you feel good. ,t is hard to do something else not after all of these years and the continuous training that we go under. >> a beautiful answer, stan. >> i join my colleagues in thanking you for being here. and for being so honest with us. i just wish my colleagues from the other side were sitting here listening to you. they are not. one of the areas that covers -- i'm sure all of you understand this is something you are not getting, assistance dealing with the pressures in the feeling with worthlessness and despair, and the questioning of your abilities to get back into the job market. at some point, we are all missing the ability to help you sustain a mental attitude to be in achieving reemployment. that is an area where i get excited. on it int focusing congress either. it is the ability to be able to understand the position it places you in as an additional in extending the unemployment benefits. it is something that just affects the family. now we have another home in the market that might or might not move and now we have added to the recession. we haveunderstand that to be able to help you to be able to sustain yourself mentally and move forward. you are worth it. and hopedone your work to create this economy in the red states and we owe it to you. the other area is the unemployed vets. a lot of them are coming home to nothing. ,he suicide rate is 22 a day which is unacceptable for our veterans. there are many things we need to work on. the problem has been the budget is not big enough. the economy is not growing fast enough. why are we not focused on bringing the jobs back here to the u.s.? why are we not looking at being able to hold employers accountable? they are making money. i can start off with a few of them i can think of offhand. you need to be a way or and you need to be able to tell other people to be aware of how this works in congress. because if you don't support and we are trying to do bring companies back here to do the job creation and take care of you when you need it to be able to help you get back on your feet, then we are not doing your job. because we do not have the power to do it as it stands now. any comments? thing.st want to say one what i was feeling on monday morning was pure, unadulterated fear. i gave my christmas tree to a friend. i wasn't going to put it up. no christmas. i had no idea what i was facing. and your emotions go up and down, up and down. you go on a face to face interview and you think it went great, and because the competition in our area is very high because of unemployment -- what i want you to understand is , get rid of that wrong impression that people who are on long term unemployment are , singing a song, and they are all laying in front of the tv watching jerry springer and eating junk food. that is not what we are doing. we are out there every day. you have to step aside from it every now and then because you're going to drive yourself insane. but we are out there pounding it hard. the majority of americans want to work. we are not the exception. we are the rule. we want to work. understand that. >> we get it. the problem is, the colleagues on the other side don't get it, because many of them have never been unemployed. and california has the highest -- well, we are over 35 million now. and are affected unemployed will be close to one million in california if we do not extend this. it is critical for all of us. and we all support what you -- well, what you have told us we need to do, we all support that. are very right about the people who do not want to work. those make it hard for the rest. but we are not going after those that are fraudulently accessing the fund. and that is something that we also need to look at, how to go in and get able off their duff's and not create a dynasty of people that are on unemployment for ever, or social services. god bless you, all of you, and good luck in your future. thank you. >> thank you. i would like to ask for questions from -- just one point. you should know that the work the loss center is doing -- and i want to single out chris owens they're working to end the discrimination against those who have been unemployed for a long time. you do not have to end -- add insult to injury for people. with that, i would like to recognize congresswoman moore, congresswoman spear, and congresswoman mulroney. and we're going to add in congressman kildee. we do not know when votes are coming up. we have to move fast. >> thank you. christine, i know that lisa, vera, and stan are frightened, find their testimonies very, very frightening, and intimidating for the whole country. these people are master electricians, microbiologist, bachelors degree with a lot of executive experience, and they are unemployed for a long time. what about those people who do not have their skill set? i missed so much of their testimony. i was peru's thing through their testimony just to try to get my arms around the extent to which they have been offered part-time work. they say they have been looking for anything. the extent to which they have been willing to accept jobs for half as much. >> all of this in our video library later. we are taking live to the white house next. president obama on the death of former south african residents nelson mandela. >> nelson mandela closed a statement from the dock saying, "i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal i hope to live for and to achieve. but if need be, it is an ideal for which i am prepared to die." nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today, he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. .e no longer belongs to us he belongs to the ages. dignity andfierce unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from imprisonment to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all of humanity should aspire to , whether in their own nations or their own personal lives. and the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and the ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. as he once said, i'm not a saint , unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from nelson mandela. action,first political the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. the day he was released from me a sense ofe what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot imagine my own life without the example that nelson mandela set. and so long as i live, i will do what i can to learn from him. two michelle -- to his family, michelle and i extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude. his life meant long days away from those who loved him most. and i only hope the time spent with him these last few weeks brought peace and comfort to his family. to the people of south africa, we draw strength from the example of renewal and reconciliation and resilience that you made real. a free south africa at peace with itself. that sets an example to the world. that is his legacy for the nation he loved. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. cant falls to us as best we to forward the example he set, to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love, to never discount the difference that one person can make, to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. for now, let's pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson , the man who took history in his hands and thence the arc of the moral universe towards justice. may god bless his memory and keep him at peace. president obama saying i am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from the life of nelson mandela. nelson mandela died today in south africa at 95. he spent 27 years in prison of a convicted i trees and by the white minority government, until the peaceful end of white rule in 1990. he was elected president in 1994. next up am a we will show you his inauguration speech from 1994. [applause] >> it is my great pleasure to announce the president of the south africa, mr. nelson mandela. [applause] >> your majesties, your royal highnesses, distinguished guests, comrades, and friends, today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. our daily deeds as ordinary south africans must produce an actual south african reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. all this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today. to my compatriots, i have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld. each time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal. the national mood changes as the seasons change. we are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom. that spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common homeland explains the depth of the pain we all carried in our hearts as we saw our country tear itself apart in a terrible conflict, and as we saw it spurned, outlawed, and isolated by the peoples of the world, precisely because it has become the universal base of the pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression. we, the people of south africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil. [applause] we thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity. we trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non- racialism, and democracy. we deeply appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their political mass democratic, religious, women, youth, business, traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this conclusion. not least among them is my second deputy president, the honourable f.w. de klerk. [applause] we would also like to pay tribute to our security forces, in all their ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing our first democratic elections and the transition to democracy, from blood-thirsty forces which still refuse to see the light. the time for the healing of the wounds has come. the moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. the time to build is upon us. we have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. we pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender, and other discrimination. we succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. we commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just, and lasting peace. we have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. we enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all south africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity -- a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world. as a token of its commitment to the renewal of our country,the new interim government of national unity will, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people who are currently serving terms of imprisonment. we dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. their dreams have become reality. freedom is their reward. we are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of south africa, have bestowed on us, as the first president of a united, democratic, non-racial, and non- sexist south africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness. we understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. we know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. we must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. let there be justice for all. let there be peace for all. let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all. let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being -- [applause] and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. the sun shall never set on so the sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. let freedom reign. god bless africa! thank you. [cheers and applause] conclude byow singing our national anthem. ♪ ♪ [cheers] >> present arms! ♪ ♪ ♪ [applause] host: at 95, former south nelson mandelant dies today, again, age 95. over the next couple minutes we will open our phones and read your comments on twitter on -- and get your thoughts. we put the numbers up on the screen. a reminder, eastern and time zones -- in case you did not see president obama's, it's a few minutes ago, we will show you those as well. cspanchat.ag is # bill clinton tweets i will never forget my friend madiba, the colloquial casual name for resident mandela, and a look the president has included in that suite. who tweets, a look at the apollo theater, the marquis, honors nelson mandela tonight. here's the front page of "the new york times" -- john mccain from arizona tweets rest in peace, nelson mandela, whose courage and character inspired south africa and the world. let's hear from you. greg from new york city. caller: hello. to seehe privilege nelson mandela at a harvard university -- he was given an honorary degree in 1998, and i was so moved to hear his speech. and i'm -- my heart goes out to his family today. thank you very much. host: we hope to bring you to the 1998 congressional gold medal ceremony honoring nelson mandela. from colorado springs, good evening. caller: good evening to you. i had the privilege of seeing him on his tour in africa when he was released in 1990. and hisrate his life legacy and benchmark and a father figure to the region. host: in 1990 he had just gotten out of prison, correct? caller: before he was president. at that time, i was 12. forlegacy he has left africans, south africans, and students like myself is great and i would like to celebrate his life and give my condolences to his family. it is important to look at what he left behind and build upon that. caller: host: he was released after 27 years in prison. good evening, john. caller: i want to say good evening, c-span. you are wonderful. we greatly appreciate you. this is a moving moment. nelson mandela meant a lot to the world, not just to south africans, and i'm happy to have witnessed, along with the other people of patients and common sense what this person identify. a true christian or someone who practiced true christian principles. thank you, c-span, for coverage of this and all that you do. host: we are taking your comments by twitter. here is one from toby -- theara is in austin on dependent line. caller: we will never forget him. i heard someone say if he -- doeshe if what he wrote not apply to him, it does not apply to anyone. i remember one thing he said. he said overcoming poverty is not a suggestion of charity. it is an act of justice. that is just one of the quotations i remember from him. he also said i learned that kurds was not the effort of here, but the triumph over it. so it is a big loss. he lived a long life, 27 years prison, it is amazing he had the attitude he did after all that. thank you. host: thank you. a few more minutes of your phone calls. mississippi, angela, hello. caller: how are you? host: fine, thank you. caller: i want to send my condolences to the mandela family. be strong, because he was a good hero. host: all right, angela. a couple comments. menendez, the chairman of the foreign relations committee in the senate, a number of statements, nelson mandela taught us about humility in the face of inhumanity and left an unjust world a more just place. also from speaker boehner, a comic deceiving, nelson mandela was an unrelenting was for democracy and his long walk to freedom showed us an enduring faith in god and a respect for the human dignity. just some of the comments coming out on the death of nelson mandela, announced by south african president jacob zuma early this afternoon. president obama after 5:00 gave his own remarks. >> at his trial in 1964, thus amendola closed his patent -- nelson mandela close his statement from the dock saying i have fought against white domination and i have fought against black domination. i have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i hope to live for and to achieve. but if needs be, it is an ideal forward which i am prepared to -- for which i am prepared to die. and nelson mandela lived for that ideal and he made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. and today he has gone home, and we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. he no longer's long -- he no longer amongst us. he belongs to the ages. andugh his fierce dignity unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, madiba transform south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. powermmitment to transfer and reconcile with those who thatd him set an example all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and good humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. as he once said, i am not a saint, unless you think of a cent as a sinner who -- think of a saint who is a sinner who keeps on trying. i'm one of the countless millions who drew his abrasion from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics am a was a protest against apartheid. i would study his words and his writings. riseny he released from aid me a sense from prison gave me a sense of what people can achieve. i cannot imagine my own wife without the example that doesn't that's -- that nelson mandela set, and so long as i live i will do what i can to learn from him. family, michelle and i extend our deepest sympathy and gratitude for sharing this extraordinary man with us. meant long days away from those who loved him most, and i only hope time spent within the last few we eks give them comfort. we draw strength from the resilience that you made real. a free south africa, at peace with itself. that is an example to the world, legacy tos madiba's the nation he loved. we will not likely see the likes of nelson mandela again. cant falls to us as best we to follow the example he said, to make decisions guided not by heat, but by love, never discount the difference that one foron can make, and strive a future that is worthy of his sacrifice. -- let ushether it is pause and give thanks for the fact that nelson mandela lived, a man who took history in his the arc of the towardniverse justice. may god grant him peace. withinresident obama the art. andon mandela died today, clinton and president george h bush -- as president i watched in wonders nelson mandela had the remarkable capacity for to forgive his jailers following his imprisonment, setting an example of redemption and grace for us all. or of your reaction for the next couple minutes here by twitter and by phone. a tweet from bill gates, who says every time melinda and i met him we left more inspired than ever. his grace and courage changed world. this is a sad day. melissa in orlando. caller: mandela a compass more in his lifetime than almost anyone else in the world has. he sacrificed 27 years of his life being imprisoned because he was for human rights. there are few things as admirable than sacrificing his time of his life to pursue quality for the world in south africa. it is one of the few things that people crossed the nation and the world were united on,, and is almost impossible to measure. it is truly amazing. host: mandela released from prison in 1990 after 27 years. he was elected president of south africa 1994, served one term, advance, indiana. hello. caller: hello. howh, i am not happy with all south africa treated this man. understand the unfortunate his demise to our country. with all due respect. i'm upset that he is gone, though. host: here is how it is being reported in south africa. , nelson mandela dies, and this is a full front page of their website for a photograph. this is -- we are taking your reaction on facebook. robert says his by the mighty lifeless, but his words will remain strong. born hating one for the color of the color of their skin or their background or religion. people must learn to hate, and if they learn to hate they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. atlanta, georgia, go ahead. linda, hello. caller: i wanted to express my condolences to his family, and i was one of the many millions who were privileged in 1990 when he came to the new york area, and i have never forgotten that. i started my political activism earlier because i am older than obama, but i do not by shell gasoline. condolencesend my and say the world has lost a profit. i made a promise to myself and my daughter that we would see mandela, and god blessed us that we did in this lifetime also. host: here is cindy in albemarle. hello. caller: yes, hello. it is just such a tragic loss. he just truly cared about people. , if they could uch whent a bit as m they think about policy, and all this bickering and carrying on -- if they would get more love in hitheir parts they could get so much more done in a country, that if they could set their differences aside and and notout each other be selfish. thank you. host: a couple of reactions on twitter. chuck grassley saying rip, nelson mandela. thankful he lived. free his country from apartheid. inspired the world. corrine brown -- this is medford, new york, hello. caller: i would like to bring up something that people should not forget, is that disgraceful way ronald reagan treated mandela. he wouldn't put sanctions on the staff african -- on the south afton coming. he indicated he was a communist. shame on ronald reagan. he was a great man. host: one more from florida, and hello? caller: good evening. host: good evening. and we i am a jamaican, will miss man della -- mandela. jamaica, we love him. thank you very much. host: and more of your comments are welcome at facebook.com/cs pan. tomorrow on "washington journal," more of your comments. we will take you back to 1998 and the congressional gold medal ceremony or nelson mandela at the capitol. [cheers] >> thank you very much. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. [cheers] thank you. mr. speaker, senator thurman, senator daschle, congressman gephardt, representative hotten, thank you for what you have done to make as they come to pass. we are in your debt. waters, thank you. hereembers of congress present in both parties, members ,f the cabinet, administration and all our friends from south here, toho are my friend, president mandela, americans as one today, across all the lines that divide us, pay tribute to your struggle, to your achievement, and to the inspiration you have given us to do better. others have said with profound conviction and eloquence what it that we love and admire. man who haser a received the nobel prize, the highest honor within the gift of this country. but if this day is to be more than a day in which we bask in his reflexive glory -- reflected glory, we should ask ourselves what gift can we really give foron mandela in return 10,000 long days in jail. the lifee truly redeem of amy? thosen we honor all of who marched and work with nelson mandela who are no longer standing by his side. after the president was released and began his public career or, he said, "the true test of our is just to freedom beginning. whenever we are together, he always talks about unfinished /heath thanked me again yesterday for saying something that to be honest i did not even think about consciously. he said that the united states has now said what can we do for our south africa, but what can we do with south africa to hold a common future. so i ask all of you to think things.st two or three common struggle with people with whom we share a tom -- a common task and with whom we must build a common future throughout safra group and the african -- throughout south africa and the african continent has only begun. president obama has now said that he has gotten old and leaving the seat. the truth is he has gotten married and he feels young and he is tired of his response test of his public responsibilities and he wants to go into a broader life. [applause] those of us who share his vision and lift him up in honor today owe it to him to build a permanent partnership between , for the and africans education of our children, for the solution of our problems, for the resolution of our differences, for the elevation of what is best about us all. that is what we owe to nelson and her to amy beal family, and to all of those who have sacrificed. for those 10,000 long days and the shiny example sent the clear understanding that a man who has given up so much of his life can give us that even more important than the sacrificed yesterday is what you are doing with today and what you will do with tomorrow. for that is the thing that always humbles me when i am with nelson mandela, the sense of serenity and peace and engagement in the moment. we so i say to all of you should not waste our day is. we should make more of our days. mr. mandela waited a very long time to actually do something for his people rather than just to be something to keep their hearts and hopes alive. and every day i watch him, that is what he does. so should we. in forgiving those who imprisoned him, he reminded us of the most fundamental end,n of all, that in the apartheid was a defeat of the spirit.he mind, the it was not just a structure jail houses within which people were kept. it was a division of the mind and soul against itself. we owe it to nelson men della, -- notply to it and then to get him this award, but to tear down the own lasting vestige of apartheid in our own hearts. this divide us from one another. [applause] for those of us who have been privileged to know this , norkable man, no medal werd no fortune, nothing could give him could possibly compare to the gift he has given to us and to the world
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>>> this is "world news." tonight nelson mandela, his struggle and strength healed a nation and changed a world. >> i come here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant. >> from a tiny prison cell, he rallied millions against racism and injustice. his long walk to freedom a beacon of hope for generations. >> nothing will stop our date with destiny. >> tonight, the world mourns the passing of an icon. >>> and a good evening to all of you. we welcome you to a special edition of "world news," beginning the breaking news, a titan has died, nelson mandela, the man who taught the modern world you can transform anger into hope. he was 95 and his death wasn't a surprise but his life continues to astonish us in living the possibility of a better world. he spent 27 years in prison for his belief in freedom, equality and emerged with a message of generosity toward his 0 pressers. we have reaction from around the world tonight. first robin roberts who has traveled to south africa several times takes a look back at his extraordinary life and inconquerable spirit. >> reporter: nels
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captioning sponsored by macneil/lehrer productions >> woodruff: nelson mandela has died at home in johanesburg, south africa, at the age of 95. good evening, i'm judy woodruff. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. we remember mandela, a towering man whose passion, sacrifice and battle against aparthied changed south africa and the world. >> woodruff: tonight we devote our whole program to life and legacy of nelson mandela. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and the william and flora hewlett foundation, working to solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: nelson mandela's death was formally announced late today by south africa's current president jacob zuma. he expressed the country's love and sense of loss for their iconi
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has been eroded by a scramble of self enrich. . nelson mandela died with his family around him at a hospital. it was brought to us by the south african president. he was born in transic south africa. he moved to end the regime. the impact of his efforts reconciled generosity and to find the common ground between humanity's higher values and his own power. john carlin once described him and said he'll ultimately reach beyond south africa's borders. this coming to us from black borders. prior to doing so, mandela earned a bachelor's degree during which time he was elected onto the student's representative council and suspended from college for joining a protest boycott. he was eququalified in laura to make him ready for the struggle of his people he struggled to end during wars of resistance in their land. that degree gave him rights to practice law. he and oliver established the first black law firm. december 5, 1955 he would be on the other side of the law following a country wide sweep by police that would put him and 155 activists on trial for treason while which dragged on to the
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
nelson mandela passed on. he was 95 and he had been in ill health for some months now. >> the country's current president jacob zuma made the sad announcement a little over an hour ago. >> south africans, nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. this is the moment of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. >> a short time ago president obama had this to say about nelson mandela from the white house. >> his journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. his commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example that all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal lives. the fact that he did it all with grace and with humor and an ability to acknowledge his own imperfections only makes the man that much more remarkable. >> the president went on to say he didn't think it was likely we'd see mandela's like again. joining us now via telephone is former d.c. mayor, current council member marion
CBS
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
mandela has passed away. >> it is a sad day but a day unfortunately we knew was coming as nelson mandela had been in failing health for some time and the news came from the current south african president jacob zuma who said and i quote here, "he is resting. he is now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father." you're looking at some images of nelson mandela through the years really considered to be the father of modern south africa, a great unifier of both white and black south africans, spent 27 years as a political prisoner and in spite of that rose to become the president of the nation and as you can hear, people talk about his generous spirit. >> truly a symbol of peace and forgiveness as well. we have heard reports that he was with family and friends at his house last night when he passed away. some close family friends were also in johannesburg in south africa when he did. >> vinita nair has a look back at nelson mandela's life and legacy. >> and one wonders what must be passing through mr. mandela's mind at this moment. >> reporter: aft
ABC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
mandela, and how that inspiration needs to carry on well beyond today. here's the president. >> nelson mandela lived for that ideal and made it real. he achieved more than could be expected of any man. today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and profoundly good human beings that any of us will ever share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> that last line there from president obama, he belongs to the ages, reminiscent of another famous quote, which was after president lincoln was declared dead, standing coming forward who reportedly said, "now he belongs to the ages." just one more sign of the significance of the passing of nelson mandela. nowhere perhaps more felt, though, then in his native south africa. president jacob zuma was the one to break the news this afternoon. let's listen in. freedom andled for healing. he had the respect of the world. his humility, his compassion, and his humanity gained him their love. reverencealso word that will unlikely be ever paralleled. come because quote i think this
FOX News
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm PST
york. nelson mandela was 96 years old and will live forever in the world. >> our beloved nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation has departed. he passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 2050 on the 5th of december, 2013. he is now resting. he's now at peace. >> this is a fox news alert. former south african president, a hero, nelson mandela who's died at his johannes burg. his life is a remarkable inspiration to millions around the world. he spent 27 years in jail vowing to fight oppression, never giving up, never knowing he would get out of jail. when he finally did he became president of the nation that had imprisoned him vowing to love those that hated him eventually sharing the nobel peace price for the man who once was his oppressor. president barack obama spoke about mandela shortly after the world received the munews. >> he achieved more than expected from any man. he's gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he b
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
president, nelson mandela's death. we will bring you that on the other side of this break. that's next. >> we are awaiting president obama to make a speech on the passing of former south african president, nelson mandela. john, what should we expect here? >> melissa, i think you can expect the president to speak with deep emotion about the passing of this leader and what it has meant to him and he recently took his daughters to africa and i believe they went to robben island to see the cell where nelson mandela was held. that was a moving moment for this and of course nelson mandela is watched throughout his lifetime as the struggle against apartheid reached fruition. when he was still in law school, he had been at robben island, president of south africa. all said they expect that the president will attend nelson mandela's funeral. >> global history for that matter of nelson mandela being the first black president of south africa and barack obama first black president of the united states. >> there is no question about that. the fact that president obama's father was from kenya, he fe
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
developing story, former south african president and worldwide symbol of freedom nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. tributes are coming in from around the world. here is president obama. sacrificing his own freedom for the freedom of others. he transformed south africa and moved all of us. his journey from a prisoner to a embodied the promise that human beings and countries cachange forhe better. the commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him is an example that all humanity should aspire to. he joined the african national congress and worked to oppose apartheid. inwould be sentenced to life prison and remained behind bars for 27ears for being released. want a free man, he was able to negotiate an end to apartheid rule and become the first elected black president of south africa and a global icon for reconciliation. nelson mandela is the subject of the latest film that hit theaters this weekend. i am joined with more. >> harvey weinstein has put out a statement on its passing. one of the privileges of making movies is immortalizing those that have had a profo
NBC
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
about nelson mandela. >> ten minutes to 9:00, three hours ago, a great deal of activity over the past few hours. family members reported here. some reports of a priest arri arriving earlier today. yet, there was so much confusion. two of his daughters are in london tonight at a film premier. the premier, the royal premier of the movie about the life of nelson mandela's long walk to freedom. in the last few minutes, the president of south africa went on television and addressed the nation. it's incredibly late. most people will hear this news when they wake up in the morning. he broke the news and broke the hearts of millions and millions of south africans here. he's the father of the nation. he's the man who made modern south africa and gave 27 years of his life in prison. much of it spent on robin island. he is the icon, he is the man who symbolizes the transition from repression, racial segregation to democracy here. he is more than a father to this nation. he really em bodies the entire spirit of it. so many people here will be reflecting on that life and today reflecting on their
FOX News
Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
. i apologize. we just learned dish apologize -- this juncture to say that nelson mandela had died. nelson mandela, who has been ill for some time. they're making a formal announce independent south froze, let's cut into that. >> those who knew that this day would come, his humility, his compassion, and his humanity, and their loss. our thoughts and prayers are with the mandela family. to them we owe a debt of gratitude. they have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free. our thoughts are with his wife. his former wife, winnie mandela, with this children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and the entire family, our thoughts are with his friends, comrades, and colleagues. who fought alongside him over the cause of a lifetime of struggle. our thoughts -- today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of -- national. our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embrace him as their own. and who saw his cause as their cause. this is the moment of deep sorrow. our nation has lost its gre
MSNBC
Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
special report. >> fellow republicans, nelson mande mandela, the founding president of a democratic nation has departed. he passed on peacefully around 20:50 on the 5th of december. 2013. he is now resting. he is now at peace. our nation has lot of his greatest son. our people have lot of a father. although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. his struggle for freedom and give him the respect of the world. his humility, his compassion, and his humanity and him they laugh. our thoughts and prayers are with the mandela family. to them we owe a debt of gratitude. they endured much so that our people could be free. our thoughts are with his wife. for mandela, with his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren and their entire family. our thoughts are with his friends, comrades, and colleagues. it's over the cause over the last time. our thoughts are with the south african people for today, mourning the loss of the one person who more than any other came to embody their sense of a common nation. our thoughts are with
Bloomberg
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
president of south africa has just announced that nelson mandela has died. let's listen information >> our nation has lost its greatest son. yet, what made nelson mandela made was precisely what him human. what we seek in ourselves. and in him we saw so murphy of ourselves -- so much of ourselves. nelson outh africans, mandela brought us together, we will together that bid him farewell. r beloved mativa will be accorded a state funeral. i have ordered that all flags of the republic of south africa from red to half mast , and to 6 december remain at half mast until after the funeral. we pay our last respects, and let us conduct ourselves with he dignity and respect that personified. let us be mindful of his wishes nd of the wishes of his family . erever we are in the country and wherever we are in the values et us recall the for which he fought. let us reaffirm his vision his is iety in which none xploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another. let us commit ourselves to sparing ether, neither strength nor courage to ild a unitted, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous so
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
of our deepest sorrow. our nation has lost its greatest son. yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human. we saw in him, what we seek in ourselves. and in him, we saw so much of ourselves. fellow south africans, nelson mandela brought us together and it is together that we will bid him farewell. our beloved m arktiva, will be accord add state funeral. i have ordered that all flags of the republic of south africa will be lowered to half mast, from tomorrow 6th december and to remain at half mast until after the funeral. as we gather to pay our lasting respects, let us conduct ourselves with the dignity and respect that he personified. let us be mindful of his wishes and the wishes of his family. as we gather wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world. let us call the values for which he fought. will the us reaffirm his vision, in his society where none is exploited, oprezzed, or dispossessed by another. let us economist ourselves to strive together spelling neither strength nor courage to build a united nonracial nonsex cyst democratic an
FOX Business
Dec 5, 2013 5:00pm EST
apartheid icon nelson mandela has passed away. he was 95 years old. the country's president just announced to the world how the former leader passed away. it was peacefully at his home. mandela of course inspired generations of politicians and activists. president obama will be making a statement on his passing shortly. when that happens we'll take it live. very sad. more "money" after this. ♪ [ male announcer ] they are a glowing example of what it means to the bst. and at this special time of year, they shine even brighter. come to the winter event and get the merces-benz you've always wished for, now for an exceptional price. [anta ] ho, ho, ho, ho! [ le announcer ] lease e 2014 e350 for $579 a month at your local mercedes-benz dealer. melissa: are you ready to "deck the halls" again? today we've got some coolest things for your holiday gift list. i'm telling you that you will want these things for yourself. i know i already do. here to talk us through it tech buffalo's todd hazelton. >> thanks for having me. melissa: this is amazing! i want it! tell me how to work it. >> br
CNN
Dec 5, 2013 1:00pm PST
nelson mandela. let's listen in. yeah. we obviously are interested in the health of the 95-year-old former president of south africa, and this statement is from the president of south africa. it's on south african television. of course there's been a lot of concern about nelson mandela's health, how he's doing. he's been ill now for at least a year back and forth. he's 95 years old. he was president of south africa after serving more than 25 years in prison because of his battle against apartheid. i think he is about to speak. >> fellow south africans, our beloved nelson mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. he passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20:50 on the 5th of december, 2013. he is now resting. he is now at peace. our nation has lost its greatest son. our people have lost a father. although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. his tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. his humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 3:00pm EST
do have some breaking news on nelson mandela. i want to bring to you right now if we can. >> kelly, thank you very much. this a special breaking news. one of the great men of the 20th century, nelson mandela, one of the most inspiring people in the world, has died. after a long illness, it is just now being announced on south african television, that nelson mandela, a man who served decades in prison for his crusade for human rights and dignity in his home country, has died. he was 93 years old, if i'm doing my math correctly there. he's 95 years old. excuse me. 95 years old. he had 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. a man that really led the way for human justice and rights in his nation. we'll bring you more details on the passing of nelson mandela very, very shortly. and we'll have news, i'm sure, from washington, from the president and the white house in mourning over the death of nelson mandela. kelly, back to you. >> tyler math senn, thank you very much. i believe john harwood is standing by in washington. john harwood with more detames. potentially, any reaction at
FOX Business
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
most admired man in the world, nelson mandela, he was 95 years old, has just died. nelson mandel last, dead at 95. he ross from being a political prisoner sentenced to life in prison back in the 1960s. he spent 25 years in jail to eye merge in the '90s as president of a new non-apart tied nation. one of the strongest, probably the strongest nation in all of africa. he has governed through some very tough economic times. unemployment among young people in south africa is said to be 80%. but despite all of the problems with the economy, he is still revered as nation's, one of the nation's top leaders of all time. liz: what he did which was such a surprise to so many people, when he became the leader of south after from a he became a symbol of sort of global reconciliation, instead of saying look what one side has done to the other side. that is what really became sort of the symbol of how you put history behind you and move forward. david: a lot of people thought that once he became empowered that perhaps there would be retribution against the whites. in fact he tried as best he could t
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
today. we stand adjourned. >>> african president nelson mandela died today. he was 95. south africa's current president made the announcement in the south africa capitol. "the guardian" niewp reports that nelson died in his home surrounded by his wife and family. >>> house speaker spoke with reporters in the u.s. capitol today. he's hopeful that senator murray and paul ryan can come to an agreement on next year's budget. and he said he's open to a one-month extension of the farm bill. i'm hopeful that paul ryan and patty murray will come to a budget agreement that they can pass both the house and the senate. paul ryan gave us an update on where they were. i'm hopeful they'll be able to work this out. but there's clearly no agreement. on the farm bill, i've not seen any real progress on the farm bill. and we've got to pass a one-month extension of the farm bill. i think we've been prepared to do that. [inaudible] i'll let the chairman answer that question. but i think all of it probably i've extended for a month. listen, i've been that the house is going leave next friday. and you all
FOX Business
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
midnight tonight, miley cyrus is in the lead. okay, so nelson mandela, miley cyrus -- media research saying that there is no way that miley cyrus will be this year's choice. i'm here to tell you this is the death of civilization as we know it. what do you say? >> they are going to do that, it might be more controversial than putting someone else on the cover. they did something other than shaking their butts on mtv so that is certainly part of it. >> that's exactly what is wrong with society, they think that this person -- i think you could argue. she went on mtv to make a disgrace of herself on purpose and she has gone on to do that on other awards shows and she's become america's number one clown. >> when they add them all up, they say they have to give it to her. you are saying that they could give themselves a cornea? >> stop publishing a print magazine. they are paying no attention, "newsweek" is trying to come back from the dead like a zombie episode. it's just a disgrace. people don't look at this as much of anything anymore. this will only double and triple that. >> it has co
FOX Business
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
network about the passing of an international statesman, but nelson mandela's death today is different. the example he set in his life is a marvel to millions. lange was in prison 26 years for fighting his country's apartheid system. more than that, he forgave his jailers, his powerful example of redemption and grace was noted by president bush and obama tonight. in no wise young woman i know add this to say. i've got a lot of work to do. i do, too. that's my "2 cents more." thank you for joiniig us tonight. ♪ lou: of the nation's largest unions bankrolling in organizing a protest that they tried to promote as a fast-food working strike an attempt to double the minimum wage to a fast-food workers raising their pay to $15 an hour. tonight we will have the story of how much the liberal media decided, is certainly no better, to take the service employees international union's dramatic but phony strike story and run with it. there were quite a few. i'm lou dobbs. ♪ good evening
CNBC
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
, legendary south african leader nelson mandela has died at the age of 95. we have a
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